Sunday, July 19, 2015

Friends in the Desert, Fish, Easter & Chicks

This weekend a few friends and I went to the high desert in California to visit and sew with our friend Anna.  We were treated like royalty and I got a lot done.  It was great fun.  And no snake sightings which is relief to me.  :)
I worked on my block of the months the first day.  Her's what I got done.
My Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery block #2

Pat Sloan's Vacation BOM

My Guild's BOM

All caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks

My blocks on the left and my friend Anna's blocks on the right.  She's not following the quilt along but is making blocks so she can teach it at her local quilt store.

Fat Quarter Shops's Snapshot quilt block July.

Sew Kind of Wonderful's Twisted Blossom Quilt along blocks.  Keeping it aqua and pink.  
I still have to make the pillow of the month from Shabby Fabrics.  But I didn't take that one with me.

I did get this little panel done for our guild's boutique.  (Still needs to be quilted.)
And before the Material Girls last retreat in November 2014 I had this quilt all cut and ready to sew.  I never got to it so I wanted to get it done.  It's a fabric pack and pattern from Fig Tree Quilts.

I also started a Christmas Quilt that I am making to sell at our guilds boutique in October in the consignment section.  It's coming out beautifully.

Before I left on the retreat, I finished this little art quilt that I started at Judy Coates Perez' class in February.  I hated my background because I did a screen printing in 3 spots and it looked like big brown blobs.  Because of that it took time for me to decide how best to cover those blobs up.  I used my Tsukineko inks and used a lot of water to make it look like water color.  I also trapunto'd the fish so it really stands out.  Now I'm happy with this piece.
And last but not least, I finished the wool Easter runner I started probably last year.  I bought the wool portion probably 2 years ago on a shop hop.   I wanted a bigger runner than what they had designed so I found some Easter-ish fabrics that I thought went well with the wool portion and made this little runner.  I am very pleased with the final runner.

In other news, my grandson will be joining 4-H this year and will be raising his hens.  Here is is with his little chick.  Both little cuties.
And for other personal news, I did something I haven't done in over 25 years.  I got my hair cut pretty short.  She took off about 7" of hair.  So that's a lot of hair.  I think I lost a  pound of hair that day.  I'm still getting used to it.  I can't style it as good as she did.  But I'll find my way to style it soon.
Thank you for looking.

And keep cool.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilts

I finally finished the quilts!  This past years Designer Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop was made with Edyta Sitar's (Laundry Basket Quilts) blue and cream line called Snow Bird.  FQS is generous with the amount of fabric you get and by ordering a mini fat quarter pack extra I was able to make 2 blocks of each block with lots of fabrics left over.  Here's the original quilt pattern set in the way they designed it.
 Here's the other quilt with the extra blocks and extra fabrics from the finishing kit.  I think I also bought more of the blue dot fabrics.
 Here's the quilting on the back of the quilt.  Both were custom quilted by me and my Bernina.
 I also finished by guild's challenge quilt.  I can't show it all yet, but I wanted to prove (and log the date) that I finished it.
 I finished binding these quilts this weekend while spending Father's Day with my dad.  Like I've said before, he watches a lot of National Geographic and that type of tv so I always bring handwork.

Our guild is having their Ice Cream Social at the July meeting and I thought I'd donate this mini quilt for the monthly auction.  It's the extra block I made from the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots July block.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Block of the Month Update

I've  been busy machine quilting 3 quilts (which I will show when the binding is sewn down) so right when I was done with those I got busy working on my Block of the Months.

The first one is the first in the new Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month.  It's a blue and cream holiday themed quilt.  I believe the fabrics are Primitive Gatherings and a bunch of designers design the blocks for it.  I'm only making one block this year instead of the two each like I was able to do last year.

Also through Fat Quarter Shop I'm working on their Snapshopts Block of the Month. These have been fun blocks to make and I even made an extra of this one because our guild is having an ice cream social in July and I thought I'd donate a mini quilt made from the extra block.

And speaking of guild, here's their block of the month.  The center block fabric was what they gave us.

And because of my glutton for punishment, I got caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks.
And last but not least, I am also doing the Pat Sloan Vacation Block of the Month.  Here's June's block.
And I was curious to see how they looked together.

Off  to spend Father's Day with my dad this weekend. That should give me some time to sew the binding down on all those quilts so hopefully I'll have finished quilts to show next week.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Material Girls Spring 2015 Lunch-Block Exchange

Every year my friendship group Material Girls decide on a challenge.  This years the challenge was to make each of us a signature block-one in a theme or style that we want.  Then by our Holiday party in December we need to have the blocks put together in a top.  Here are the blocks I received.
I love all of them.  The challenge will be to put them together in a top that will be beautiful.  I love a good challenge.

Here are the blocks that I made for everyone.
I liked making all of them but the crazy quilt blocks.  I left a lot of seams for those people who get them.  :0   The Sun Bonnet Sue and turkey blocks were not really exchanged.  I had made all the blocks and then those two ladies had to back out.

Here are the blocks that my friends all got from everyone.

This block should have been where the red/white block on the top right is.  That start block goes with the bunch below.

We all have our hands full and it will be interesting to see how we do.  I'll show you the results in December!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Not a comic strip reference but Block of the Month, Pillow of the Month, Block of the Week and Guild Block of the Month.  Oh and I finished a baby quilt and finished knitting a pillow.  First the Block of the Months.
The last month of Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery BOM

Fat Quarter Shops Snapshots Block of the Month.
Pat Sloan's Vacation Block of the Month
And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month for May

And Farm Girl Vintage Block of the Week

 And this is our guild's Block of the Month.

And in March I decided I wanted to knit something and learn how to do cables.  I finally finished it two nights ago.
An old intern from my job just had her first baby and I had to make her a baby quilt.  It was a kit I bought at a local quilt store.  It's got a chennille border and minkee on the back.  It was a simple quilt and quick to make but turned out so cute.

I did finish the top of one of the block sets from the Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery.  I love how it turned out.  Can't wait to quilt it.  I bought some clearance fabric today for the back.

I also got all the blocks done for our guild's challenge.  I need to put them together which I have all laid out and ready to sew.  I'm liking how it turned out.  Can't wait to get it done too.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nickel Quilt Finished

I took Pat Speth's class in March 2015.  She's the author of all the Nickel quilt books.  If you get a chance to take her class, I recommend it.  I've had the top done for a while - just needed time to machine quilt it.  Finished the binding after a nice mother's day lunch with my hubby and in-laws.  Missed my mom so much today.  Hand stitching the binding down was very good therapy.

This is the second big quilt I've made with this fabric and I still have a lot left.  Here's the first quilt.  It was Pat Sloan's Block of the Month last year called Globetrotting.

I started the Farm Girl Vintage quilt along last week so with that and all my block of the months it looks like I won't be working on too many other projects.  This is the last month for the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month so I need to work on putting at least one of the quilts together.  Then I have to finish the guilds challenge quilt.  I have all the blocks done and put them out on a design board on Friday so I can put that top together.  And Loose Threads next art project is due in just over a week.  Oh, and I have a baby quilt that I need to put together.  I bought a kit at a local quilt store and it should be fairly easy to put together.

So I need to go.  I have so much to do.  Thanks for looking.